The Asia Eight

Daily must-reads from the world’s most dynamic region

December 14, 2020

1 TOP STORY: China rare earth guidelines set as global norm

2 ATF TV: The future of US listings for Chinese firms

3 ASIA MARKETS: Nikkei, CSI300 climb; HSI falls

4 NEWS: Data show surprise rise Japan in confidence

5 NEWS: China fines tech giants for monopoly breach

6 NEWS: Cooling measures take hold in China property

7 COMMENT: Glimmer of hope in Brexit talks

8 ATF BIG PICTURE: New vaccine technology explained

01 Top Story China sets world rare earth standards

International first for China as its own terms and methods for extracting vital commodities are adopted as global norm.

02 ATF TV Future of China firms listed in the US

Roger Scott, Head Options Trader and Co-Founder of WealthPress talks to ATF TV about what the future may hold for US-listed Chinese companies.

03 Asia Markets

Nikkei 225 climbs 0.3% to 26,732.44; Hang Seng Index falls 0.4% to 26,389.52; CSI300 advances 0.7% to 3,369.12.

04 Japan confidence up

Analysts expect the world's third-largest economy to rebound relatively swiftly from the dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, although services continue to languish. 

05 Tencent, Alibaba fined

Internet giants hit for not reporting deals that breached the 2008 anti-monopoly law to regulators, who say they will now face far greater oversight; shares of both groups fell.

06 House prices slow

Market-cooling steps take hold, data analyses show, a day before data expected to offer barometer of economic activity.

07 Comment

"I'm afraid we're still very far apart on some key things, but where there's life there's hope."

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson after it was decided to extend Brexit talks

08 The ATF Big Picture

The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Covid vaccines are built on experimental mRNA technology, which works differently to traditional vaccines.